US engineer gets 32 years for secrets sale

A US federal judge has sentenced a former B-2 stealth bomber engineer to 32 years in prison for selling military secrets to China.

Noshir Gowadia, who was born in India, had faced up to life in prison. The 66-year-old showed no emotion as Chief US District Judge Susan Oki Mollway pronounced the punishment today.

A federal jury in August convicted Gowadia of 14 counts, including conspiracy, communicating national defence information to aid a foreign nation, and violating the arms export control act.

Prosecutors said Gowadia helped China design a stealth cruise missile to get money to pay the $US15,000-a-month mortgage on his expensive home overlooking the ocean in Haiku on Maui.

The defence argued during the trial he only provided unclassified information to China.

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